The first gun I ever used was a .410 single shot. I harvested my first ruffed grouse with it. There a are a lot of found memories with that gun it has alot of personal value as it has been handed down through my family. It was a nice little gun for riding the roads but I was longing for something different.
I switched to a single 20 gauge. The advantage was it could reach a little further. It was a good gun that harvested a lot of birds but had a fixed full choke. It turned out to be a nice road gun also.
A few years into hunting with my French Brittany's I decided all guns where not created equal. There were a few features I was needing in my gun. I needed a choke that wasn't full also more then one shot. So I made the switch to my duck gun a 12 gauge pump. It had the things I was looking for a screw in choke then I could decide the pattern for the hunt i was on and it also had three shots with the plug in it. The gun worked well for my needs but there were still a few thing about i didn't like it was long And heavy to carry in the grouse woods.
I think I have found the perfect solution to my problems. It is a 12 gauge side by side with twenty inch barrels and screw in chokes. This gun I believe will be an amazing all around small game gun. The ability to maneuve with it in the grouse woods or in the thick hare habitat i think will be its biggest advantage.